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Hume slams SNP over trickle down housing policy

November 4, 2015 4:49 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume today accused the SNP of having a "trickle down housing policy" as he quizzed Ministers over reports that 5000 children in Scotland are set to spend Christmas in temporary accommodation.

Speaking at topical questions at Holyrood, Mr Hume pressed the Housing Minister on the SNP's decision to walk away from their manifesto pledge to build 30,000 affordable homes for rent and insist that a third of the affordable homes must be purchased instead.

Speaking after topical questions, Jim Hume MSP said:

"The SNP walked away from their manifesto commitment to build 30,000 homes for rent and now insist that a third of those homes have to be bought with a mortgage instead.

"The parents of the 5000 children in Scotland who will find themselves in temporary accommodation this Christmas are unlikely to find a mortgage in their stockings.

"The Minister said that letting more people buy homes will open up more properties to rent. But the SNP's trickle down housing policy will not help many of the 5000 children facing Christmas without a house of their own."